Chautauqua Institution Music Festival

Thursday, Aug 19, 2021 at 9:00am

Various Venues in Chautauqua, NY
Chautauqua, NY 14722

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The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery
Neurophysiologist and Nobel Laureate David Hubel once asked, “Can the brain understand the brain? Can it understand the mind? Is it a giant computer … or something more?”
In this week, we explore the folds and recesses of this distinctly human mystery, bringing together neuroscientists and psychologists to chart a path through the enigma of our consciousness, through the impacts of trauma and stress on our health, through the gray matter and the white matter, neurons and synapses, the wiring that embodies our cognition, that sparks our selves.

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Human Soul: Our Ineffable Mystery
Most people sense and recognize another dimension beyond the physical plane of our existence and call the personal inner reality that this dimension connotes the human “soul,” known also as the “Spirit” or “Life Force.” Recognition of this inner reality is the basis of most religions but remains difficult to define or explain. In this week we will hear various interpretations of this ineffable human experience.


9:00am Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and writer.  Author of On Vanishing (Catapult, April 2020), a nonfiction book that explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia, Lynn received a Barbara Deming Fund grant for women writers for the project.

Location: Amphitheater

1.00 pm Tenacity

Tenacity was curated in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment in 2020, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. Being tenacious is a common link the Suffragette women have in common with these seven artists.

Location: Strohl Art Center/Gallo Family Gallery

1:00pm Materials Redefined

This exhibition focuses on seven contemporary artists who work with their selected materials in non-traditional ways. The result will be a thought provoking, inspiring show of pieces that have not been seen before in Chautauqua.

Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center/First Floor Galleries and the Angela Fowler Memorial Gallery

1:00pm Improvising: New Photographs by Julie Blackmon

Improvising features new work by Julie Blackmon, a photographer from Springfield Missouri. Her photographs are inspired by her experiences of growing up in a large family, her current role as both photographer and mother, the timelessness of family dynamics...

Location: Strohl Art Center/Bellowe Family Gallery

1:00pm Pour Spill Drip Stain

This vibrant exhibition in the Main gallery of Strohl Art Center, highlights surface and fluidity as both technique and inspiration. Multi colored paintings, encaustics, works on paper, and ceramics will be shown together creating a symmetry of styles by six nationally recognized contemporary artists.

Location: Strohl Art Center/Main Gallery

1:00pm 2021 CVA School of Art Participants Exhibition

One of our most popular exhibitions of the summer will once again be displayed on the second floor of Fowler- Kellogg Art Center. This year each Participating Artist, who will be attending the summer program at the Chautauqua School of Art, will exhibit one original work created pre-season...

Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center/Second Floor

3:30pm Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper, CLSC Author, On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear

An estimated fifty million people in the world suffer from dementia. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s erase parts of one’s memory but are also often said to erase the self. People don’t simply die from such diseases; they are imagined, in the clichés of our era, as vanishing in plain sight, fading away, or enduring a long goodbye.

Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

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